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Me & My Big Mouth Day 4

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Scripture: Numbers 11:1-2. Soon the people began to complain about their hardships, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp.  Then the people screamed to Moses for help, and when he prayed to the Lord, the fire stopped.

Devotional: Yikes!  If ever there were a motivation to quit complaining, this is one.  I mean, who wants to be burned up? And while these Israelites experienced a literal destruction resulting from their incessant complaining (remember this was a pattern among the Israelites in this time), it’s important to note the destructive toll that a pattern of complaining can have on you. 

James says to consider it joy when you face trials and hardships. (James 1). They are an opportunity to develop perseverance, which in turn helps develop spiritual maturity in your life.  Hardships can be the bumps that you climb on in your journey with God and in the process of becoming more like Jesus.  But complaining about hardships has the opposite effect. It robs you of the opportunity God is providing to trust Him, so see Him in the midst of the hardship, and to see Him glorified through His provision in the hardship. 

So you have a choice.  Complain or consider it joy.  Which will you choose?

Reflect:

  • Think about your most recent complaint. How could you turn that complaint into a reason to be joyful or grateful?